The last baking quarter was truly uneventful. I was not making anything new or exciting. I blame the winter weather (which apparently is back today). However, now that I have a new inspiration for baking, I’m back at it. Only this time I’m baking dog treats.
Yes, you heard me, dog treats. A new dog owner of a 3 month old Siberian Husky, I am learning quickly that dog food isn’t some magical mix of non-human ingredients (as I may have thought <blushes>). The realization that I could make Diefenbaker (aka Dief) his own treats and food is owed to a copy of Arden Moore’s recipe book, Real Food for Dogs. My husband got it as a birthday present from my grandmother and after a day or so, I commandeered it, flipping through each recipe, a little too eager to go buy some liver to make the “Leap for Liver” treats.
Last night, I tried the “Dog Biscuits Baked with Love” recipe. It was made up of simple ingredients that I had on hand. Twenty minutes after the biscuits had cooled, Dief made is approval, finishing the treat, and then another, in a hurry.
And yes I tried one, but no, I don’t recommend them for human consumption.
2 cups unbleached wheat flour
1 cup cornmeal
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
¾ cup chicken broth
Mix the dry ingredients together. Blend, the egg, oil, parsley and chicken brother together and add to dry mix. Stir into a dough and then knead a few times to get a smooth elastic dough. Roll out to ½ inch thickness and cut out shapes with your favourite cookie cutters. I used a mixture of small ones and medium sized ones. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool.
Tip: I’m also letting mine sit out today to get a little firmer so they are crunchier for dief and store a bit longer. How long they store is unclear, so I’ll let you know!